Topics » Business & Economy   March 25, 2011

Photo Essay: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Deadly Industrial Accident

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Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica.

Centennial Anniversary Factory Owners and WorkersPiles of ClothArson Not Suspected Firefighters on the WayLocked Doors, Broken ElevatorsAttempts to IdentifyCharred RemainsCause of DeathDeadly Industrial AccidentDestructionIn MemoryStill StandingBrown Building, ManhattanPerished in the Triangle Fire

Deadly Industrial Accident

Family members and friends identify the bodies of the victims. A survivor later recounted that flames prevented workers from descending the stairway, and the door to another stairway was locked to prevent theft. PBS would later report that the foreman who held the stairway door key had already escaped by another route.

146 people died as a result of the fire; 129 women and 17 men. The New York Times reported six victims remained unidentified until February, 2011.

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